FERNDALE - The longtime BMX rider behind the new dirt jump bike park in the city hopes to organize an event called a dirt jam for September.
Meanwhile, Patrick Doll wants people to understand a couple of key rules when using the park, which has been open to mountain and BMX riders since late May or early June.
One: Don't ride when the course is muddy. Your tires will create ruts.
Two: Don't run around on the course, especially if you are wearing cleats, because it breaks down the lip of the jumps. It also creates a safety issue if a rider can't see you in time.
"It creates more work for us to fix," said Doll, reminding people that the park is a volunteer effort.
"This is all donated work. The city does not do maintenance on it," he added.
The park is on Second Avenue near the ConocoPhillips Sports Complex and Pioneer Park, on property owned by the city of Ferndale.
Doll was among the volunteers who helped build the Dirt Jump Bike Park near Civic Stadium in Bellingham.
He brought something similar to Ferndale, including the model in which the biking community builds and maintains the park.
The nonprofit Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition built and maintains the bike park in Bellingham.
On Saturday, July 19, he took a break from removing rocks from the Ferndale jump park to talk about etiquette.
"I'm trying to stress all that to teach kids so they understand," he said.
Local businesses helped create the park by giving equipment large and small. Stow-It donated a small container for tools; Baker Septic donated a portable toilet; Ace Hardware donated a garden hose; and Star Rentals and Vossbeck Construction donated equipment.
For their part, Ferndale officials praised the all-volunteer effort and the recreation the park is providing to the city's youth.
"There just aren't a lot of opportunities in Ferndale. We're trying to come up with ways for local youth to spend time outdoors in a productive way," City Clerk Sam Taylor said.
Taylor added: "We had no idea it was going to be so amazing when they first came to us with the suggestion" to build the park.
Doll has created a park Facebook page, called Support Ferndale, WA Bike Jumps.
Riders should check it for upcoming information about the dirt jam as well as contact him there to volunteer.
"I like when people come out and want to help," he said.
That help will be needed on an ongoing basis, and not just for maintenance.
"A dirt park's never finished," Doll said. "We're always improving, changing and adjusting things."